Fiona Lowenstein
I'm a student at Yale, a writer, and a trepidatious member of a feminist comedy group. I study history with a focus on Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and I spend most of my time pinching pennies to try to travel to those places. I've been known to engage in excessive falafel eating and binge-watching "Daria," and sometimes I get scared that everyone on the subway can hear me listening to Destiny's Child on my headphones.

Adolf Hitler Didn't Pay His Taxes, So What?

On Friday, a new British documentary on Adolf Hitler will reveal that in addition to being a mass murderer, a racist, an anti-Semite, Hitler was a tax-evader. Great. We'll just add that to the list. Seriously, why exactly is this news? Are we…
By Fiona Lowenstein

The Anti-Anti-Homeless Bench

We all remember that luxury apartment building in London bordered by anti-homeless spikes to prevent the homeless from loitering on the property. Now, Vancouver, Canada has outdone itself in providing the opposite: Along with Spring Advertising,…
By Fiona Lowenstein

Czar Cheeseburgers Now For Sale In Crimea

Hey, remember back when McDonald's' days in Crimea ended — around the time that Russia recalled its ambassador to NATO? Now, a new fast-food chain is taking its place: Rusburger. Rusburger bills itself as providing the "Taste of Russia," and says it…
By Fiona Lowenstein

The 5 Most Offensive Cards Against Humanity

Last week, Cards Against Humanity made news with a what many feel is a transphobic card. Reading "Passable Transvestites," the card was brought to public attention by someone on Tumblr using the handle "horriblepeople." The user posted a picture of…
By Fiona Lowenstein

Meet The Referee For Tuesday's U.S.-Belgium Match

FIFA announced Sunday that Djamel Haimoudi will be refereeing Tuesday's U.S.-Belgium match. The match is eagerly anticipated, from both sides: Belgium hasn't made it to the quarter-finals since 1986, and the U.S. has made it further this year than…
By Fiona Lowenstein

The World Cup, Boiling Weather, And Ramadan

Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, began Saturday evening, which means that over a billion people around the world will spend their daylight hours over the course of the next month abstaining from food and water. This year, Ramadan coincides with…
By Fiona Lowenstein

Domestic Violence And The World Cup

A disturbing new PSA in the United Kingdom has revealed domestic violence increases by 25 percent after a World Cup game played by England, which jumps to 38 percent when England loses. It gets worse: These figures are indicative of a global trend.…
By Fiona Lowenstein

150 People Made Money From This Bite

On Wednesday morning, FIFA opened proceedings to investigate Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for allegedly biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the Uruguay-Italy match Tuesday. If you're unfamiliar with Suarez, you're probably thinking "What…
By Fiona Lowenstein

Someone Fired George Will, Finally

On June 18, the Op-Ed Editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch announced they'd be dropping George Will as a columnist. The announcement comes after Will's June 5 column on "sexual assault" (yes he used quotation marks to describe the very real…
By Fiona Lowenstein

Who's Who At the Working Families Summit

Monday marked the start of the White House Summit on Working Families. The summit is a joint collaboration on the part of the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress. In an attempt to…
By Fiona Lowenstein

He Just Broke The Glass Ceiling

The Wimbledon Championships began today, and one Scottish tennis star made news on Monday: Andy Murray has hired a female coach, Amelie Mauresmo. Why, in the 21st century, you ask, is this news? Because the tennis world is more backwards and sexist…
By Fiona Lowenstein

The Latest Attack On 1975 Hillary Is Ridiculous

This week in crazy attacks against against Hillary Clinton, conservatives are criticizing the former-public defender for doing her job. In 1975. A recording of an interview Clinton did in the 1980s with journalist Roy Reed has emerged, thanks to…
By Fiona Lowenstein

It's Time For A#NewRedskinsName

On Wednesday, the U.S. Patent Office did something awesome and much overdue, and cancelled six Washington Redskins trademarks. It's about time, and Twitter is buzzing with support for the decision; hashtags like #NewRedskinsName are taking off. The…
By Fiona Lowenstein

Joe Biden Might've Been Right All Along

Iraq's had a tumultuous few weeks, but Joe Biden might just have the answer to Iraq's problems. Well, Joe Biden of 2006 did. When the Iraq war was beginning to draw to a close and Biden was a U.S. Senator, Biden drafted a plan for the partition of…
By Fiona Lowenstein

The FBI's Slang Glossary Will Make You ROFL

The FBI has been hard at work — figuring out what slang kids these days use on the Internet. And sure, in an age of cyber-spying and online terror cells, the FBI should be examining how people are communicating on the World Wide Web. Unfortunately,…
By Fiona Lowenstein

America Has Its First Gay, Black Federal Judge

On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Darrin P. Gayles as America's first openly gay, black federal judge. Gayles will now serve as a Florida State Circuit Judge for the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida. He was appointed by Obama…
By Fiona Lowenstein

Remembering O.J.'s Insane Car Chase

Twenty years ago Tuesday, O.J. Simpson led cops on a slow-speed car chase that lasted for two hours, and was watched by 95 million people. At 11 a.m. on June 17, 2014, an APB was put out on O.J., who had been missing since 1 a.m. that morning,…
By Fiona Lowenstein

Delta Learns Its Lesson About Giraffes (& Africa)

On Monday night, Delta Airlines' social media team fell into the all-too-common trap of treating Africa like a country, rather than a continent. Delta tweeted a picture about the U.S.-Ghana World Cup game, which depicted the U.S. as the Statue of…
By Fiona Lowenstein

The Feds Want To Regulate Google Maps

Bet Google doesn't feel great about this one: The Obama administration's newest transportation bill would see the government regulating GPS-based apps like Google Maps. Apparently, the Feds just noticed that people aren't investing in expensive…
By Fiona Lowenstein

Obama Just Stood Up For Gay Rights, Big-Time

On Monday, President Obama sent a strong message that he'll work to defend LGBT rights, even if Congress won't. A senior White House official announced that Obama is drafting an executive order against LGBT-related workplace discrimination. The…
By Fiona Lowenstein